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What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors

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“Get ready to have your mind blown with this fun book.” — The Washington Post

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball legend and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, champions a lineup of little-known African-American inventors in this lively, kid-friendly book. Offering profiles with fast facts and framed by a funny contemporary story featuring two feisty twins, here is a tribute to black inventors whose ingenuity and perseverance against great odds made our world safer, better, and brighter.
Back matter includes an authors’ note and sources.

ISBN-13: 9780763664428

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Candlewick Press

Publication Date: 12-10-2013

Pages: 96

Product Dimensions: 8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR, six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, is the author of the New York Times bestseller Giant Steps, as well as Kareem and A Season on the Reservation. ANTHONY WALTON is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Mississippi, as well as the coauthor of Reverend Al Sharpton’s book Go and Tell the Pharoah.

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It's an entertaining and often surprising exploration of lesser-known innovators, past and present.
—Publishers Weekly

In his first foray into writing for children, basketball superstar Abdul-Jabbar teams with Obstfeld to introduce 16 mostly lesser-known African American inventors through a fictional story told by young twins, who learn that many items in a typical house and used by a majority of Americans were invented or developed by African Americans.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1

Dr. Henry T. Sampson 8

Granville T. Woods 10

Lewis Howard Latimer 12

Chapter 2 19

Dr. Mark Dean 24

Dr. Valerie L. Thomas 26

James E. West2 8

Chapter 3 32

Frederick McKinley Jones 35

Joseph Lee 41

Lloyd A. Hall 44

George Crum 46

Chapter 4 49

Daniel Hale Williams 52

Dr. Charles Drew 54

Dr. Percy Lavon Julian 56

Chapter 5 63

Alfred L. Cralle 66

Lonnie Johnson 68

Garrett Morgan 70

Chapter 6 77

Authors' Notes 81

Sources & Further Information 85

Index 88